Bass by the yard

While Columbia and Greene counties are experiencing a “Pause” in day to day activities, the Hudson River’s annual striped bass and herring migration is in full swing. Jeremy Bulich of Catskill shows off a 36″ female caught with a live herring near Hudson, Sunday, May 10. Mr. Bulich, who practices catch-and-release, relinquished the fish back to the river. Photo by Chip Moon

Hawthorne Valley welcomes new board member

HARLEMVILLE–Hawthorne Valley Association recently welcomed Danielle Do to its Board of Trustees.

“Danielle has a clear commitment to Waldorf education and an abiding appreciation for biodynamic agriculture. I have experienced her thoughtfulness, generosity, and care and am grateful that she is willing to share her considerable talents and passion as a Trustee in service to the mission and work of Hawthorne Valley,” Hawthorne Valley Executive Director Martin Ping said  in a press release.

Danielle Do Photo contributed

Ms. Do joins a board that includes: Board President Tom James who served 12 years as Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s Teachers College; Treasurer Matt Stinchcomb, founder of the Good Work Institute; Secretary Bob Fox, an architects and sustainability leader; Herbert Dreiseitl, sculptor, artist, landscape architect, and interdisciplinary urban planner; and Stephanie Lazar, a public health policy and advocacy expert with a passion for environmental sustainability, biodynamic farming, and social justice. Read more…

Almquist named school director at Hawthorne Valley

HARLEMVILLE–Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) has announced that Karin Almquist has become its school director. Ms. Almquist is succeeding Michael Frosch, who served three years in the role.

“We are incredibly grateful to Michael for his work leading Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School,” Martin Ping, Hawthorne Valley Association executive director said in a press release. “His servant leadership helped create a unified faculty and strengthened our whole community. I was thrilled when Karin came forward to express interest in becoming director and am confident in her ability to take on the role in a way that supports and grows our school holistically.”

Ms. Almquist joined HVS in 2013 as a class teacher. She has received two Masters degrees, studied in a PhD program, and did her Waldorf Teacher Training at Hawthorne Valley’s Alkion Center. Her area of focus in graduate school was international affairs and religious studies, but the learning she has found most meaningful is what she’s discovered while working in the context of a Waldorf school. Read more…

Delgado calls for submissions to Congressional Art Competition

KINGSTON —U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D-19th) invites high school students across New York’s 19th Congressional District to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The winner will have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the year. Last year’s winning piece was “Shelter” by Greyson VanVorst of Ichabod Crane High School. All high school students who live in New York’s 19th Congressional District are eligible.

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event hosted by the House of Representatives, allowing high school students from across the country to showcase their artistic talents. The winning piece from each Congressional District is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a full year. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, submissions will be collected digitally at .

“Visiting schools and working with students across upstate New York, I know we have tremendously talented young people. I am excited to invite NY-19 high school students to participate in the Congressional Art Competition,” said Rep. Delgado in a press release. “During these difficult times, it is more important than ever to find creative outlets and joy through the arts. I look forward to seeing the different pieces created by students across the district and hanging a piece of home in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.” Read more…

Library Advisory Committee looks for volunteers

CHATHAM – Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee is seeking two volunteers for 3-year terms starting July 1, 2020.

Those interested should submit a letter and resume by May 22, to Rachel Galvin, president of the Chatham School Board at 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham 12037.